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I'd like to respond to Ghastly, who claims nobody followed the Cowboys when they were no good. I invite him to look at Table 3 in the Harris Survey, which shows that Dallas was never worse than second place in terms of fan popularity (with the exception of 2002, when they fell to 4th):
1998 1st 10-6 1999 1st 8-8 2002 4th 5-11 2003 1st 10-6 2004 2nd 6-10 2005 2nd 9-7 2006 2nd 9-7 2007 1st 4-0
For an 8-8 team to be the fan favorite (1999), or a 6-10 team to finish second overall (2004) I think indicates that Cowboy fans do indeed follow their team even when they aren't winning Super Bowls.
Caveat: since this season just started and the Cowboys are already rated no. 1 overall, I think the rating should be matched up with the previous year's record; but even that produces an interesting result: the 2002 team finished 5-11, and by the next season, they were once again rated #1 overall!
posted by fgoodwin at 05:59 PM on October 03
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